Ohio Dems Deliver 7,000+ Petition Signatures to Save GM Lordstown
COLUMBUS — During the Fight for the Future of Lordstown event Thursday night at Lordstown High School, the Ohio Democratic Party delivered 7,223 petition signatures that have been gathered from people across the state calling on General Motors to save the Lordstown plant and protect Ohio jobs.
“The Lordstown community and surrounding areas have been part of the GM family for 53 years, and you don’t turn your back on family. Beyond Lordstown and the Mahoning Valley, this decision impacts families throughout Ohio. This plant’s closure will have a ripple effect across our state,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “We have collected 7,223 signatures from concerned citizens across the state who want to see GM reinvest in Lordstown and grow jobs in the Mahoning Valley. These hard-working Ohioans understand the critical need to protect manufacturing and jobs across Ohio, and we’re calling on GM to recognize that American cars and trucks should be made in America.”
The Drive It Home Ohio event was hosted by the Lordstown Teachers Association Local 3789, the Ohio Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. It featured various speakers sharing their stories of how the loss of the 1,400 jobs at GM Lordstown would impact themselves, their families and their communities. In addition to those direct job losses, Manufacturing Works has projected that the shutdown of Lordstown could lead to the eventual loss of as many as 43,000 jobs in Ohio and across the Midwest. Furthermore, the plant creates approximately $800,000 in revenue to support local schools that would also be lost, event organizers said.
We’re proud to stand with the workers of GM Lordstown!
— Ohio Dems (@OHDems) January 25, 2019